Iowa plays host to struggling Indiana tonight in Big Ten action at home. The Hawkeyes are 5-5 in the league race after opening a three-game homestand with a victory over Penn State. Following a national runner-up finish last season the Hoosiers opened the season 14-3 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten. Since then they have dropped six of their last seven games.Iowa coach Steve Alford says Indiana’s struggles may have as much to do with where they are playing as opposed to how they are playing. Alford brought junior forward Glen Worley off the bench in the win over Penn State in an effort to keep him out of first half foul trouble and that rotation is likely to continue. He says Worley was the key to the win as he played 29 minutes and stayed out of foul trouble. Alford says they can’t afford to foul because of their lack of depth and when they stay out of foul trouble, guys who should be on the floor are on the floor.The Iowa State Cyclones take a 2-8 Big-12 mark on the road for another difficult assignment at Texas A&M. Cyclone coach Larry Eustachy says they need a win desperately, but so do the Aggies. He says they’re vastly improved this season. Eustachy says the Aggies have postseason hopes and they are justified.A&M coach Melvin Watkins say the Aggies post-season hopes hang on how well they play at home.Watkins says the N-C-A-A tournament is something the Aggies are gunning for and they feel they’ve opened up some eyes.The Drake Bulldogs return to Missouri Valley Conference action tonight at home against Wichita State. The Bulldogs are coming off a victory at Illinois State and will be looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Shockers in Wichita. Drake coach Kurt Kanaskie says the Shockers are difficult to defend.Wichita State is coming off an upset of nationally ranked Creighton and coach Mark Turgeon says his team faces a difficult schedule to close the regular season with four of the last five games on the road..The Shockers may be without Forest City native Rob Kampman due to injury.
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